How to clash prints like a pro

Print clashing, although a tricky trend to pull off, has really become a thing in recent times. Gone are the days when you can only wear one print at a time without having a faux pas moment. For those who dare to take the plunge, mixing prints not only shows creativity, it shows boldness and individuality. Today’s post is one I’m very pleased about and proud of as it features my collaboration with a brand focused on bringing Africa to the world through handmade heritage inspired contemporary fashion.

One of the easiest ways to wear print is wearing wax print items also known as Ankara. For people of African descent, this is familiar territory as wax print has been an integral part of African fashion for way longer than many of us have been in existence. In the western world, wax print is increasingly gaining momentum with both high street brands like Topshop, Asos etc and high end brands like Stella McCartney stocking items of wax prints. For a lot of fashion enthusiasts, infusing Ankara into contemporary style can be challenging. Until of course brands like MsEdivine started introducing us to a world of modern Ankara pieces like these Pom Pom pants. These pants come as a set but could also be ordered separately.

Aside the lovely print, the pom pom details on the side of the trousers add that extra hmmp, that “pomp and pageantry”, if you like, to the look. The MsEDivine label focuses mainly on celebrating the vibrant African culture through a clever use of prints. Their mission is to change perceptions on how these beautiful prints can be worked to fit in but yet stand out in the contemporary fashion scene. With this in mind, in creating a contemporary look with these pants, I opted to pair them with my River Island jacquard wrap bow bandeau top.The key to print clashing, for me, is carefully picking pieces with structure to avoid looking “all over the shop”. Also, sticking to the same background hue can help, as seen in today’s look. For this outfit, the top and the trousers, even though are of different materials and prints, both share grey undertones so this sets a “sane” tone to the otherwise madness or eccentricity.

Hopefully, in creating looks like this and showing this can be pulled off by anyone, if done correctly, we can continue to help make African fashion relevant and more widely adopted in the western world.

Photography by @Stevenbeathsmith

Top:River Island II Trousers:MsEDivine II Shoes:Topshop II Clutch:Versace

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